Tuesday 12 September 2017

Our Fire Drill

How To Stay Safe During A Fire At Dawson School

Step One: When you hear the fire alarm sound, walk calmly outside and line up.
Step Two: Wait quietly and calmly in line for your teacher.
Step Three: Follow your teacher walking in line to the courts outside the lunch room.
Step Four: Sit down in your lines and wait for your teacher to call the roll.
Step Five: When your name is called say “YES” loudly. 
Step Six: Wait quietly for Mrs Funaki or Mrs Harding to tell us what is going on.

Step Seven: Wait for the next instruction from your teacher.

Thursday 7 September 2017

Squirtle The Turtle

I see the beautiful patterns on turtles shell. I also see the turtles wobbly legs shaking. 

I hear it's sharp nails scratching against the container. I also hear the grass making a different noise as the turtle crawls. 

I smell the yuck smell of the left over water in the container. I also smell the fresh air as it refreshes me. 

I feel the hard shell that protects the turtle. I also feel a little bit scared to touch it. 

I wonder what kind of turtle species he is? 

By Alexis

Meet Squirtle

On Thursday the 7th of September. A group of students looked at Mrs Brass' turtle who is called Squirtle. We were looking at it because we are learning to add more detail into our stories by describing using our 5 senses. See, hear, feel, touch, smell, and taste. We are also learning to conclude our stories with an I wonder statement. We got to take Squirtle for a walk out on the grass. We learnt a lot about him and his species of turtle. Afterwards we went inside and wrote about Squirtle.

By Alexis & Milika

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Our Diwali Celebration

This term Room 11 and Room 13 have been learning about celebrations and traditions from all around the world. We have been looking very closely at Diwali. How it is celebrated and why it is celebrated. As a syndicate we decided to complete Diwali tasks and crafts. We made colour sand rangoli patterns and made some lanterns out of jewels. We created origami elephants with fancy costumes as well as coloured in brightly a patterned elephant picture. After two busy afternoons have turns at the different activities we sat down and Miss E had organised us some Diwali snacks to try. One was very spicy, another one was like a milk biscuit and there was also one that was like a pancake but in the shape of a circle. 


Do you know about Diwali? well I do. When Hindu's celebrate Diwali they celebrate the good over evil and they use fireworks and they go and buy new clothes and it is beautiful and colourful.

Hindu people who celebrate Diwali go to other people houses during Diwali and say "happy Diwali"  to them and they give a delicious plate of food.

Did you know that they go and buy their clothes from the markets and they celebrate it in India and all over the world. They put beautiful lights over there homes.

By Ngatokorua

Monday 19 June 2017


A baboon is a mammal. They are big and hairy. Some baboons are yellow, grey, silver, brown and black. A baboon is about 10-37 kg and about 70 cms tall. Baboons live in the grassland, rocky desert or the rainforest. A baboon is a medium to large sized species of old world monkeys that is founding a variety of different habitats throughout Africa and in different parts of Arabia. Also baboons are large and powerfully built monkey that spend most of their time on the ground.

By L’Qhuer

A Penguin

A penguin is a bird but a type of bird that cannot fly. Penguins are around about 1.5kgs. A penguin has black and white feathers . It can weigh between 3-6kgs.

Penguins live in very cold places like ice and ocean. A penguin eats lot’s of things like krill, fish, and squid. Their predators are leopards, seals and gulls. The adelie penguin is the most easily identified penguin species. A penguins lifespan is about 10-20 years.

By Milika


A flamingo can grow up to 100cms-150cms tall. They can weigh up to 2kgs-4kgs. A flamingo’s colour can pink, orange, white and even blue. They have lovely soft feathers. A flamingo eats algae.

The flamingos stay in flocks of up to around 200 other birds and feeds on fish in still rivers and lakes. There are six different species of flamingos around the world. A flamingo is actually sleeping when it is standing on one foot.

By Selesa

Sunday 18 June 2017

A Red Panda

A red panda is a part of the panda family. Red pandas are red, brown and white. Its size is between 60-120 cms and its weight can be between 3-6.2kgs. They are covered in fur. Red pandas have four legs and a fluffy tail with stripes. Red pandas live in high altitude places like mountains, forests and the himalayas. A red pandas predators are snow leopards and humans. They are a mammal and they are omnivores. Red pandas mostly eat bamboo but do also eat some fruit, roots, berries, eggs and small insects. Red pandas have an additional thumb that is used to grab bamboo.     

By Jaylevan


A cheetah is a mammal and it is part of the big cat family a cheetah can grow up to 115 cm and a cheetah can weigh between 40 kg and 60 kg. Their colour is yellow and tan, brown, black and a cheetah  has fur.  They eat rabbits and birds. They are found in Asia and Africa. Their enemies are leopards and hyenas.  A cheetahs lifespan is up to 20 years. A cheetahs habitat is in open grass land. Cheetahs are the fastest animal in the world and they can reach up to the top of speed around 113km per hour. 

By Ngatokorua

Tuesday 31 January 2017


Welcome students, teachers, parents and whānau back to school! Room 11 hopes you have had a fantastic holiday!
We have been hard at work already this year with some amazing projects underway ready to share with you shortly! Stay posted!!!!! Also on this blog you can find information about what we are learning inside and outside of the classroom, important notices for parents and whānau as well as plenty of the students work! 

Looking forward to the year ahead! 

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

It might be summer but Room 11 is having a winters christmas filled with special treats, and hand knitted beanies from Miss E's mum. Thank you Miss E's mum. We love our new beanies and they sure will keep us warm next winter. 
Have a safe and happy holiday every one! 
See you all next year. 

From Room 11

Thursday 1 December 2016

Attacking Animals

Animals always argue against anything. Alligator Ana abandoned Ardmores adventures. Ardmore’s adventure accidentally approach Animal Alleyway. Although Alligator Ana and Ardmore agreed against arguing another animal annoyed Ardmore and attacked. Alligator Ana and Ardmore are avoiding another animal argument. After Animal Alleyway Ardmore and Alligator Ana adventured American. Although animals attacked again.

By Ardmore & Judelexus

Wednesday 26 October 2016

The Space Bus!

9am when the bell rang, Room 11 were already on the school bus for our trip to out of space. We all had our packed lunches and were siting in our seats. The bus driver AKA Miss E started the bus, it rattled siting in the driveway of the school. We slowly began to drive out of the driveway. 

As we were driving down Dawson road Miss E our teacher and our bus driver pushed the big flashing red light next to the staring wheel. Then all of a sudden I began to feel dizzy like I was going to faint right then and there. Suddenly our bus started to look funny, “We are in a rocket ship” shouted Matutu. We were flying over the other planets and around the moon when…

SMASH! BANG! CRASH! “We hit a comet” yelled Miss E as we flew towards the moon. BANG! we crash landed. Luckily we all survived. But! our rocket ship is smashed into a million little pieces. “How are we going to get home?” asked Ana. Miss E look worried as she shrugged her shoulders. 

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! we look above and there is a UFO! We all hide. When the UFO landed the ramps came out and these funny looking green aliens with one eye started walking towards us. They shout “We come in peace!” Miss E begins to walk towards them. From a distance I can see them shaking hands and talking. They all have tool belts. We begin to walk towards them as they are busy working fast to put our rocket ship bus back together. 

Finally our rocket ship is back together and we can pack up and begin to head home to planet earth. When we get back to planet earth something was strange, our school was not there anymore and on the calendar it says we are now in the year 2020!

By Room 11

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Life Ed

On Tuesday we went to Life Ed. We had to take our shoes off and walk inside to line up on the wall. Then we got into 4 lines on the Life Ed's new clean shiny mat. Then we used different colour lights, the red light made our blue uniform purple. The blue light made Miss E and Judelexus glow bright colours. Miss E's t-shirt was bright pink and Judelexus hair-tie was bright green.

 By Matutu 

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Bright Blue

Blue is oceans
and bubble gum. 

Blue is the taste of juicy blue berries. 

Blue smells like rain and blue berry smoothies.

Blue is squishy wobbly and watery.

Blue is water and gardens.

Blue makes me feel sad
and alone. 

Blue is wet and cold.

Blue sounds like smashing and
crashing waves.


Spring Poem

Winter is gone and Spring is here,
A rainbow began to appear.

Spring is today,
I shout hooray.

The flowers bloom,
Just like a cartoon.

Spring is a flowery season,
Sometimes I don't like the flowers for no reason.

I see buzzy bees,
Dancing around trees.

Spring is here,
So everybody start to cheer.

By Lauralye

Lovely Spring

Winter has packed away,
Spring is starting today.

I  look around I see a log,
then I see a little frog.

I see busy buzzing bees,
and leaves on trees.

It's Spring today,
so everyone shout hooray!

Spring is here,
It's what I have been waiting for all year.

By Julian


Winter is gone away,
now Spring starts today.

The trees grow leaves,
and bees live in trees.

Ring ring it's spring today,
and hello hello it's a beautiful day.

By A'e

Spring Is Here

The lovely flowers are here,
So everyone stand and cheer.

The flowers think they need to show,
But all they need to do is grow.

The green grass is here,
So everyone cheer.

In Spring it is cool,
Because I can swim in the swimming pool.

By Judelexus